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Hidden History of Mississippi Blues book by Roger Stolle (photographs by Lou Bopp; forward by Jeff Konkel) NOW AVAILABLE for purchase at Cat Head (662-624-5992 -- $19.99 plus $5 s/h in USA) or from The History Press. ALSO, see Lou Bopp's photography exhibition based on the book, going on now at Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art store (252 Delta Ave., Clarksdale, Miss.)
A FEW BOOK SIGNINGS:
Fri., 4/15 @ 3pm - CAT HEAD - Clarksdale, MS.
Wed., 4/27 @ 5pm - SQUARE BOOKS - Oxford, MS.
Fri., 5/13 @ 5pm - LEMURIA BOOKS - Jackson, MS - with free live blues by JIMMY "DUCK" HOLMES!
Sat., 8/6 @ 1pm - DAVIS KIDD BOOKS - Memphis, TN

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DELTA BLUES EVENT CALENDAR
For more live blues info in Mississippi and vicinity, join Cat Head Update email list (email roger@cathead.biz with "join the list" in the subject line; for e-newsletter sample click here.) Book your rooms now for blues festivals in the coming months as they do fill up quickly. Take the time to do a little research up front and make the most of your trip. (We sell Steve Cheseborough's excellent "Blues Traveling" travel guide to Delta blues sites as well as the new & essential "Memphis & the Delta Blues Trail" guidebook by the Gages; call Cat Head at 662-624-5992 today to order!) ALSO, see our own "Clarksdale Guide" web page for blues sites, hotel rooms and more at www.cathead.biz/guide.html and the Mississippi Blues Trail site at www.msbluestrail.org for blues markers around the state.

CLARKSDALE & VICINITY BLUES / MUSIC EVENT "SHORT LIST":
2011 Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival - FREE blues festival, downtown Clarksdale, 8/12-14, 2011
2011 Cat Head Mini Blues Fest II - Sunday of Sunflower, Clarksdale, 8/14. 10am till -- FREE in street ("please tip musicians").
2011 King Biscuit Blues Festival
(former "Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival" - nearby Helena, AR) - TENTATIVELY 10/6-8, 2011
2011 Cat Head Mini Blues Fest III - Sunday of AR Fest... 9am till -- FREE in street ("please tip musicians"), 10/9, 2011.
2011 Pinetop Perkins Homecoming
at Hopson in Clarksdale (in afternoon Sunday of AR fest) - 10/9, 2011.
2011 Hambone Festival - Halloween weekend each year in Clarksdale.
2011 New Year's Weekend in Clarksdale
- 12/30-1/1 - Live blues at Ground Zero Blues Club, Red's Lounge, Hopson & more!
2012 Clarksdale Film Festival - January 26-29, 2012 in Clarksdale - Blues films, history tours, music & more! (info:jukejointfestival.com).
2012 Juke Joint Festival & Related Events - Clarksdale... 4/14-4/16, 2012.



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(Mr. Tater on 'his' bench outside Cat Head, "M for Mississippi" 2008)
“MR. TATER, THE MUSIC MAKER” OF CLARKSDALE -- R.I.P.
Hailed as one of the last Mississippi Delta street musicians and a favorite of visiting tourists from around the world, Foster Wiley a.k.a. "Mr Tater, The Music Maker" passed away in Sept 2010. DONATIONS: Funds are being raised now for a new WALK OF FAME marker honoring Mr. Tater in Clarksdale. Tater's friend Robin Lane is spearheading this effort; his hope is to raise enough funds that a marker can be dedicated during Juke Joint Festival weekend in April. Donations can go to "Tater Superbad/Robin Lane" bank account at Regions in Clarksdale -- www.regions.com - 211 East 2nd Street, Clarksdale, MS 38614 - (662) 627-3281.

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MORE 2010 FESTIVAL INFORMATION:
- Mississippi Blues Trail info, www.msbluestrail.org - Mississippi blues fests, www.blueshighway.org
- Blues fests nationwide, www.bluesfestivalguide.com

MORE DELTA MUSIC INFO ON THE RADIO:
"Bluesville" radio call-in... Cat Head's Roger Stolle talks Delta blues news w/Bill Wax on XM Satellite Radio -"Live" call-in at 4pm Central most Thursdays on channel 74 (also on Sirius).

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Sample of MISSISSIPPI DELTA AREA MUSEUMS:
- Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, MS (www.deltabluesmuseum.org -- sign up for newsletter): Muddy Water's "cabin," traveling photo exhibits, gift shop and more; a must-visit destination! Open Mon.-Sat.
- Rock & Blues Museum, Clarksdale, MS (www.rockmuseum.biz): Excellent collection of rare rock and blues memorabilia. Wonderful host (Theo). Open most Fri-Sun plus around festivals.
- WROX Museum, Clarksdale, MS (257 Delta Ave., 662-645-8874): Clarksdale history and cultural museum housed in the historic studios of the old WROX blues/gospel station where Ike Turner, Robert Nighthawk and Early Wright were on the air. Open by appointment only. Call 662-645-8874.
- B.B. King Museum, Indianola, MS (www.bbkingmuseum.org): New, state of the art blues museum in BB's hometown.
- Other Mississippi museums... Hwy. 61 Blues Museum in Leland AND the Howlin' Wolf Museum in West Point.
Also, in Tunica... the Tunica Museum has a "blues corner" and the Tunica River Park Museum.
- Delta Cultural Center, Helena, AR (www.deltaculturalcenter.org): Helena, Arkansas: Main Street of the Blues exhibit and more; also visit Sunshine Sonny Payne at KFFA's daily King Biscuit Time radio show at 12:15pm Tues.-Fri. ... and nearby "Blues Corner" store.
- Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis, TN (www.soulsvilleusa.com)... plus other museums in Memphis. ALSO recommended: National Civil Rights Museum (www.civilrightsmuseum.org).
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Blues Music Award-winning M FOR MISSISSIPPI DVD film and the CD soundtrack - Available at Cat Head in Clarksdale -- DVD movie is $20 while the two CD soundtrack CDs are $15 each plus s/h. Charge by phone at 662-624-5992 (Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm Central).

UPCOMING BLUES TRAIL MARKER DEDICATIONS:

Mississippi Blues Trail & Country Music Trail Marker Dedications
Mississippi, USA (unless noted)
www.msbluestrail.org

Join the Mississippi Blues Commission, friends, fans and family as the Mississippi's music trails celebrate their latest markers. Go to the web link for over a hundred markers spread throughout Mississippi... and beyond.

- Tues., 7/19 at 10am - Sunnyland Slim, Lambert, MS
- Wed., 7/27 at 10am - Magic Slim, Grenada, MS
- Wed., 8/10 at 10am - King Edward Hotel, Jackson, MS
- Thurs., 8/18 at 1pm - Tammy Wynette, Tremont, MS
- Fri., 8/19 at 11am - Hot Tamales, Rosedale, MS
Note: Times/dates subject to change.


WEEKLY GIGS & REGULAR EVENTS

Weekly "BLUES JAM" Sessions
in Mississippi
• Mondays - Shuckers (Ridgeland)
• Mondays, 7pm - Bobby J's (Natchez); no cover; free red beans & rice.
• Tuesdays - 930 Blues Cafe (Jackson)
• Tuesdays - Alumni House Sports Grill (Ridgeland) - Chris Derrick and the Electric Co. host.
• 2nd Tues. ea. month - L.D.'s Kitchen (Vicksburg) - Central MS Blues Society hosts. Free food.
• Thursdays, 6pm - Depot Blues Club (Clarksdale)
• Thursdays, 8pm - Ground Zero Blues Club (Clarksdale)
• Thursdays - Sportsman Lodge in Maywood Mart (Jackson) - Big Juv.

Weekly blues-related gigs
in Mississippi
• Mondays - Hal and Mals Red Room, Central Mississippi Blues Society "Blue Monday" (Jackson), 7pm-11pm.
• Some Tuesdays - 2nd and 4th Tuesdays - LD’s Kitchen, Vicksburg. Blues jam with the Central MS Blues Society.
• Wed.-Sat. - 930 Blues Cafe (Jackson)
• Many Wednesdays - Steam Room Grille, "Wine Down Wednesday" (Jackson)
• Wed.-Sat. - Ground Zero Blues Club (Clarksdale)
• Many Thursdays, 8pm - Sarah's Kitchen (Clarksdale)
• Thursdays, 5-9pm - The Senator's Place (Cleveland) - Barbecue & Blues w/house band.
• Thursdays (in season) - Thacker Mountain Radio (Off Square Books, Oxford)
• Fri.-Sat. 7pm - Blue Parrot Cafe (Greenwood) - some blues.
• Fri.-Sat., 9pm - Walnut Street Blues Bar (Greenville) - house band.
• Thursdays - Schimmels (Jackson, MS) - Ben Payton in the bar.
• Every other Fri. & Sat. - Monte's Steak/Seafood (Jackson, MS) - Louis "Gearshifter" Youngblood.
• Fri.-Sat. - 308 Blues Club & Cafe (Indianola)
• Most weekends - Red's Lounge (Clarksdale, MS)
• Saturdays, 10pm - Schimmels (Jackson, MS) - Ex-Subway Lounge band The Houserockers.
• Sundays, 5pm - Foxfire Experience (Marshall County) - see calendar on web site.
• Most Sundays, 6pm - Club Ebony (Indianola).
• Sundays - L.K. Atwood Elks Club, 3100 West Lynch St., Jackson, 6:30pm - “Jazz, Blues and More”.
• Sundays - The Hut juke joint, Holly Springs, MS - 11pm - Robert Kimbrough (Junior's son) w/guests.
• Occasional blues - Joe Joe's Country Store (near Hopson on 322), Clarksdale, MS.

NEW CD BY ALL NIGHT LONG BLUES BAND... available at their shows above, Cat Head and other fine blues/record stores.

Bach To Blues music series
Trinity Luthern Church, Jackson, MS
www.bachtoblues.org
Every third Sunday at 6pm.

MPR Highway 61 Blues Radio Show
Mississippi blues radio show
www.highway61radio.com

Music and information about Mississippi blues/events on web site and radio show with Scott Barretta.

XM Radio "Delta Blues Update"
"BB King's Bluesville" radio show
www.xmradio.com

Delta blues updates with Bill Wax and Roger Stolle, most Thursdays at 4pm Central Time.

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UPCOMING BLUES EVENTS

JULY 2011

Miss. State Blues Trail Marker Dedications
Mississippi
www.msbluestrail.org

- Tues., 7/19 at 10am - Sunnyland Slim, Lambert, MS
- Wed., 7/27 at 10am - Magic Slim, Grenada, MS

Artwalk & Farmer's Market
Clarkdale, Mississippi
Delta Avenue, downtown
Thursdays... 6/30, 7/14 and 8/11... 5pm-8pm
Featuring free LIVE BLUES at Cat Head:
7/14 - Sean "Bad" Apple

Reds Lounge
downtown Clarksdale, MS
(juke joint at Sunflower Ave. & MLK Dr.)

RED PADEN... recipient of a 2011 "Miss Sarah Award" from the Juke Joint Festival; "congrats Red!"
7/1
(Fri) - All Night Long Blues Band w/Mary Ann "Action" Jackson
7/2 (Sat) - Anthony "BIG A" Sherrod & Allstars
7/3 (Sun) - Anthony "BIG A" Sherrod & Allstars -- Pre-4th Party!
7/8 (Fri) - James "T-MODEL" Ford & Stud -- as seen in M for Mississippi
7/9 (Sat) - Robert "WOLFMAN" Belfour -- as seen in M for Mississippi
7/10 (Sun) - Lightnin' Malcolm & Cameron Kimbrough
7/15 (Fri) - All Night Long Blues Band w/Mary Ann "Action" Jackson
7/16 (Sat) - Cadillac John -- as seen in M for Mississippi
7/17 (Sun) - Shimmy from Japan
7/22 (Fri) - Robert "WOLFMAN" Belfour -- as seen in M for Mississippi
7/23 (Sat) - Space Cowboy's Birthday Blues Bash w/Anthony "Big A" Sherrod (as seen in forthcoming We Juke Up In Here!)
7/24 (Sun) - tba
7/30 (Sat) - Big Jack Johnson Memorial Birthday Tribute w/Mark "Mule Man" Massey and others

Ground Zero Blues Club
Clarksdale, MS
www.groundzerobluesclub.com

Live blues weekly - Wed thru Sat including...
Fri 01.07.2011 Kent Burnside Blues Band
Sat 02.07.2011 TCB Blues Band
Wed 06.07.2011 All Night Long Blues Band
Thu 07.07.2011 Heavy Suga and The SweeTones
Fri 08.07.2011 Razorblade Blues Band
Sat 09.07.2011 Eric Hughes Blues Band
Wed 13.07.2011 Bill "Howl N Madd" Perry
Thu 14.07.2011 Phillip Carter and The Blues Underground
Fri 15.07.2011 Big T and The Family Band
Sat 16.07.2011 Reba Russell Blues Band
Wed 20.07.2011 David Dunavant and The Evol Love Band
Thu 21.07.2011 Anthony "Big A" Sherrard
Fri 22.07.2011 Stan Street and The Hambone Band
Sat 23.07.2011 Lucious Spiller Blues Band
Wed 27.07.2011 LaLa and Element 88
Thu 28.07.2011 Razorblade Blues Band
Fri 29.07.2011 Mark "Mule Mann" Massey Blues Band
Sat 30.07.2011 Blind Mississippi Morris Blues Band

Bluesberry Cafe
Clarksdale, MS
(662-627-7008)

Mondays, 7pm - Spaghetti Night w/blues by Sean "Bad" Apple... and often special guests!

The Den - NEW!
220 Yazoo Ave., Clarksdale, MS
(901-605-8662)

Family-friendly, smoke/alcohol-free music venue runs occasionally; owned by Theo of Rock & Blues Museum).
7/7 (Thurs) - Summer Blow-Out Blues Jam...
7:10pm-7: 30pm Heather Crosse/Heavy Suga’ & the Sweet Tones
7:40pm-8:00pm Mr. Johnny Billington
8:15pm-8: 35pm Bill “Howl-N-Mad” Perry
8:50pm-9: 10pm Richard “Daddy Rich” Crisman
9:20pm-9: 40pm James “Super Chikan” Johnson
9:55pm-10: 15pm Anthony “Big A” Sherrod
10:30pm-10: 50pm All Night Long Blues Band
11:10pm-11: 30pm TCB Blues Band
11:40pm-12:00am Joshua “Razor Blade” Stewart

Hambone Gallery
Clarksdale, MS
www.stanstreet.com

Tuesdays blues music in gallery, 7pm, including:
7/5 - Anthony "Big A" Sherrod
7/12 - Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry
7/19 - Sean "Bad" Apple
7/26 - Anthony "Big A" Sherrod

Madidi Restaurant
Clarksdale, MS
www.madidres.com
Wednesdays blues music in bar, 6-8pm -- Alphonso Sanders

Rust Restaurant
Clarksdale, MS
(662-624-4784)

Live music on Thursdays and some weekend nights, including:
7/14 (Thurs) - Justin Zamm, 7pm
7/16 (Sat) - Heather Crosse & Lee Williams, 7:30pm
7/21 (Thurs) - Aubrey Powell & Michael Wills, 7pm
7/22 (Fri) - Danny Green, 7:30pm
7/28 (Thurs) - Cole Parker, 7pm

Hopson Commissary
Clarksdale, MS
www.hopsonplantation.com

Mondays - Jam with Ronnie Drew, 6pm.
7/9 (Sat) - Clarksdale's own T.C.B. Blues Band, 9pm
7/16 (Sat) - 69 South Band, 9pm
7/23 (Sat) - Willie Waggs, 9pm

Juke Joint Chapel at the Shackup Inn
Clarksdale, MS
www.shackupinn.com
TBA

Po Monkey's Lounge
near Merigold, MS
(directions near bottom of this web page)

TBA (R&B deejay on Thurs. nights)

Crawdad's
Merigold, MS
7/2 (Sat) - John Horton Blues Band

The Senator's Place
Cleveland, MS
(1028 S. Davis, Hwy 61)

Soul food/blues restaurant with live blues every Friday night, 7:30pm

Walnut Street Blues Bar
Greenville, MS
(128 S. Walnut St., downtown)

Music (usually blues) on weekends -- often house band.

Rooster's Blues House
Oxford, MS
(also there's a newer Como, MS location)

TBA.

308 Blues Club
Indianola, MS
www.308bluesclubandcafe.com
TBA

BB King Museum
Indianola, MS
www.bbkingmuseum.org
7/2 - Sean "Bad" Apple
7/9 - Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry
7/16 - Mickey Rogers
7/23 - Mickey Rogers
7/30 - Sean "Bad" Apple

F Jones Corner
Farish Street in Jackson, MS
www.fjonescorner.com

TBA

Underground 119
Jackson, MS
www.underground119.com
TBA

LD's Kitchen
Vicksburg, MS
(1111 Mulberry St.)
Tuesdays - live blues (Sounds Unlimited Band and Central MS Blues Band rotate).

Bottleneck Blues Bar Line-up
Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg, MS
www.ameristarcasinos.com

TBA

Just 1 More Blues Bar Line-up
Hattiesburg, MS
www.myspace.com/just1morebluesbar
TBA

Center for Southern Folklore
Memphis, Tennessee
www.southernfolklore.com
(full schedule at web link)

7/7 - Summer Blow-Out Blues Jam
The Den, Clarksdale, MS
(220 Yazoo Avenue)
7:10pm-7: 30pm Heather Crosse/Heavy Suga’ & the Sweet Tones
7:40pm-8:00pm Mr. Johnny Billington
8:15pm-8: 35pm Bill “Howl-N-Mad” Perry
8:50pm-9: 10pm Richard “Daddy Rich” Crisman
9:20pm-9: 40pm James “Super Chikan” Johnson
9:55pm-10: 15pm Anthony “Big A” Sherrod
10:30pm-10: 50pm All Night Long Blues Band
11:10pm-11: 30pm TCB Blues Band
11:40pm-12:00am Joshua “Razor Blade” Stewart

7/9 - Grassroots Blues Festival
Duck Hill, Mississippi
www.grassrootsfestival.com

Annual blues festival. 662-565-2478. Also, a 5K. Festival
LINE-UP:
Master of Ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sade Turnipseed
12:00 - 12:30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bud "Leo" Welch
12:35 - 1:20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Big Joe Shelton
1:25 - 1:45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Train Wreck Willy
1:50 - 2:35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood
2:40 - 3:25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Danny Lancaster & Band
3:30 - 4:30 . . . . . . . . . . . Bill "Howl-n-Madd" Perry and Alphonso Sanders
4:35 - 5:35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Terry "Big T" Williams
5:40 - 6:40 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerry (Fair) and the Delta Blues Crew
6:45 - 7:45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Little Willie Farmer
7:50 - 8:10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbus Toy
8:15 - 9:15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pat Brown
9:20 - 10:20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O.B. Buchana and Total Control Band

7/22-24 - 2nd annual OXFORD BLUES FEST
Oxford, Mississippi
www.oxfordbluesfest.com

Annual blues festival. 662-259-7190. GREAT LINE-UP includes Magic Slim, Eddie C. Campbell, Duwayne Burnside, Mark "Mule Man" Massey, Aaron Moore, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, King Edward, Dennis Fountain, AM Band, Hancock Company, Effie Burt, Ginger St. James, Cadillac Funk, Heavy Suga, Ben Peyton, Kenny Brown, Afrissippi, John Kun, Maybellelovers, Jay Lang, Terry "Big T" Williams, Billy Earnhardt, Patrick McClary, Marlena Jarjoura and more!!

7/23 - WEVL's Blues on the Bluff
Memphis, Tennessee
http://www.wevl.org/bob/
23rd annual event on the grounds of the Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis. Starring the Bo Keys, Blind Mississippi Morris and Lightnin' Malcolm & Cameron Kimbrough! 6pm-11pm. See web site for details.

AUGUST 2011

Miss. State Blues Trail Marker Dedications
Mississippi
www.msbluestrail.org

- Wed., 8/10 at 10am - King Edward Hotel, Jackson, MS
- Thurs., 8/18 at 1pm - Tammy Wynette, Tremont, MS
- Fri., 8/19 at 11am - Hot Tamales, Rosedale, MS

Artwalk & Farmer's Market
Clarkdale, Mississippi
Delta Avenue, downtown
Thursdays... 6/30, 7/14 and 8/11... 5pm-8pm
Featuring free LIVE BLUES at Cat Head:
8/11 - Guitar Mikey

8/12-14 - Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival
downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi
www.sunflowerfest.org

Clarksdale's world-famous festival features all the local/regional "real-deal" blues acts you love... plus some headliners, usually with Mississippi connections. Book your rooms early! ALSO, plan to enjoy related events all week long at the clubs and jukes -- as well as the Cat Head Mini Blues Fest II that Sunday (252 Delta Ave.).

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art
252 Delta Ave., Clarksdale, MS -- MAP to Cat Head (click)
www.cathead.biz
• 662-624-5992
"Your Delta blues headquarters for CDs, DVDs, T-shirts, books, art and more!"
Thurs-Sat, 8/11-14- special fest week events at the store!
Thurs, 8/11, 5pm-8pm - Artwalk & Farmer's Market on Delta Ave., plus live blues by Guitar Mikey at Cat Head.
Sat, 8/13 at 12 noon - Black Mountain Moan blues band performs out front -- free!
Sat, 8/13 at 1pm - "Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues" book signing and talk w/author Philip R. Ratcliffe!
Sat, 8/13 at 2pm - "Soul of the Man: Bobby 'Blue' Bland" book signing and talk w/author Charles Farley!
Sat, 8/13 at 3pm - "Hidden History of Mississippi Blues" book signing with Roger Stolle (author), Jeff Konkel (forward) and Lou Bopp (photographer).
Sat, 8/13 at 4pm - "I'm Feeling the Blues About Now" book signing w/author Dr. Stephen King of Delta State University.
Sun, 8/14 - World-famous Cat Head Mini Blues Fest II in the street near store... 10am till. Sean "Bad" Apple, Robert "Wolfman" Belfoure, Big George Brock, Clarine Wagner, Robert "Bilbo" Walker and more! FREE!! (Please tip your musicians.)

Reds Lounge
downtown Clarksdale, MS
(Sunflower Ave. & MLK Dr.)

Live blues on weekends, including...
SUNFLOWER FEST WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS:
8/10 (Wed) - All Night Long Blues Band
8/11 (Thurs) - Cadillac John w/The Cornlickers
8/12 (Fri) - We Juke Up In Here FILMING EVENT (7pm-10pm); The Cornlickers (10:30pm till)
8/13 (Sat) - Terry "Harmonica" Bean w/The Cornlickers
8/14 - Annual early evening BLUES JAM w/The Cornlickers and friends!

Ground Zero Blues Club
Clarksdale, MS
www.groundzerobluesclub.com

Live blues weekly - Wed thru Sat... PLUS special post-fest Blues Brunch on Sunday, 8/14.
Sat 06.08.2011 Brad Webb Blues Band
Wed 10.08.2011 Tim Woods Blues Band
Thu 11.08.2011 Phillip Carter and The Blues Underground
Fri 12.08.2011 Stacey Mitchhart Blues Band
Sat 13.08.2011 Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks
Fri 19.08.2011 Phillip Carter and The Blues Underground
Sat 27.08.2011 Delta Royal Blues Band

Bluesberry Cafe
Clarksdale, MS
(662-627-7008)

Mondays, 7pm - Spaghetti Night w/blues by Sean "Bad" Apple... and often special guests!

The Den - NEW!
220 Yazoo Ave., Clarksdale, MS
(901-605-8662)

Family-friendly, smoke/alcohol-free music venue runs occasionally; owned by Theo of Rock & Blues Museum).
Watch for special Sunfower Fest Weekend events!

Hambone Gallery
Clarksdale, MS
www.stanstreet.com

Tuesdays blues music in gallery, 7pm.

Madidi Restaurant
Clarksdale, MS
www.madidres.com
Wednesdays blues music in bar, 6-8pm -- Alphonso Sanders

Rust Restaurant
Clarksdale, MS
(662-624-4784)

Live music on Thursdays and some weekend nights

Hopson Commissary
Clarksdale, MS
www.hopsonplantation.com

Mondays - Jam with Ronnie Drew, 6pm.
8/12 (Fri) - Jimbo Mathus
8/13 (Sat) - 79-year-old, Delta bluesman BIG GEORGE BROCK & the New Houserockers w/Clarine Wagner!

Juke Joint Chapel at the Shackup Inn
Clarksdale, MS
www.shackupinn.com
TBA

Pete's Grill
Clarksdale, MS
(Sunflower Ave.; near Riverside Hotel)

8/12-13 (Fri-Sat) - Double header: All Night Long Blues Band and Terry "Big T" Williams & Family Band.

Delta Blues Room
Clarksdale, MS
(220 Sunflower Ave.)

8/11 - Karaoke Night
8/12 - DJ Dr. Pepper
8/13 - DJ Dr. Pepper
8/14 (Sun) - Sunday Evening Brunch w/Luther Lackey, 6:30pm

Po Monkey's Lounge
near Merigold, MS
(directions near bottom of this web page)

TBA (R&B deejay on Thurs. nights)

Crawdad's
Merigold, MS
7/2 (Sat) - John Horton Blues Band

The Senator's Place
Cleveland, MS
(1028 S. Davis, Hwy 61)

Soul food/blues restaurant with live blues every Friday night, 7:30pm

Walnut Street Blues Bar
Greenville, MS
(128 S. Walnut St., downtown)

Music (usually blues) on weekends -- often house band.

Rooster's Blues House
Oxford, MS
(also there's a newer Como, MS location)

TBA.

308 Blues Club
Indianola, MS
www.308bluesclubandcafe.com
TBA

BB King Museum
Indianola, MS
www.bbkingmuseum.org
TBA

F Jones Corner
Farish Street in Jackson, MS
www.fjonescorner.com

TBA

Underground 119
Jackson, MS
www.underground119.com
TBA

LD's Kitchen
Vicksburg, MS
(1111 Mulberry St.)
Tuesdays - live blues (Sounds Unlimited Band and Central MS Blues Band rotate).

Bottleneck Blues Bar Line-up
Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg, MS
www.ameristarcasinos.com

TBA

Just 1 More Blues Bar Line-up
Hattiesburg, MS
www.myspace.com/just1morebluesbar
TBA

Center for Southern Folklore
Memphis, Tennessee
www.southernfolklore.com
(full schedule at web link)


8/6 (Sat) - Hidden History of Mississippi Blues BOOK SIGNING

Memphis, TN
(Booksellers At Laurelwood
-- formerly the Davis-Kidd book store; 387 Perkins Ext, near Poplar Ave.; 901-683-9801)
1pm with author Roger Stolle
-- also owner of Cat Head store in Clarksdale, co-founder of Juke Joint Festival, co-producer of "M for Mississippi" film and XM/Sirius Bluesville correspondent.


8/12-14 - 24th Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival!

downtown Clarksdale, MS
www.sunflowerfest.org

This is the grandmother of 'em all around here! The big 'un. Book your hotel rooms early, and make it a long weekend. Tons of official and related festival events all week -- including Cat Head's own infamous Mini Blues Fest on Sunday. Also, check out the Delta Blues Museum, Rock & Blues Museum, Red's Lounge, Ground Zero Blues Club, etc., etc... while y'all are in town.
Friday, August 12, 2011 Main Stage
4:15pm-4:45pm Delta Blues Museum Band
5:00pm-5:45pm Richard "Daddy Rich" Crisman
6:00pm-6:45pm Deuce & Quarter Band
7:00pm-7:45pm TCB Blues Band
8:00pm-8:45pm Joshua "Razor Blade" Stewart
9:00pm10:00pm David Brinston
10:15pm11:15pm Nathaniel Kimble
Saturday, August 13, 2011 Main Stage
1:30pm-2:00pm Neicy Kayinessa
2:15pm-2:45pm Terry "Harmonica" Bean
3:00pm-3:45pm All Night Long Band
4:00pm-4:45pm Dr. Feelgood Potts
5:00pm-5:45pm Terry "Big T" Williams & Family Band
6:00pm-6:30pm Tribute to Blues Legends
6:45pm-7:30pm Bill 'Howl-N-Mad Perry
7:45pm-8:30pm Earnest "Guitar" Roy
8:30pm-8:45pm Awards
8:45pm-9:45pm Johnny Rawls
10:00pm-11:00pm Dorothy Moore
August 13, 2011 Acoustic Stage #1
9:00am Arthneice "Gas Man" Jones
9:35am Robert Belfour
10:10am Eddie Cusic
10:40am Pat Thomas
11:15am T-Model Ford
11:50pm James "Super Chikan" Johnson
12:20pm Sharde & Rising Star Fife & Drum Band
August 13, 2011 Acoustic Stage #2
1:00pm Mellow Blues Duo
1:35pm Charles Fowler
2:10pm Anthony "Big A" Sherrod
2:45pm Lucious Spiller
3:15pm Bill Abel & Cadillac John
3:50pm Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
4:30pm Kenny Brown
5:05pm Terry "Harmonica" Bean
5:45pm Johnny Lowe Bow
August 14, 2011 Gospel Stage
4:00pm-4:30pm Chris Coleman
4:45pm-5:30pm Edna Nicole Luckett
5:45pm-6:30pm Chapel Hill Males Chorus
6:45pm-7:30pm The Myles Family
7:45pm-8::45pm Jamar Esaw Triad: 4 Christ
9:00pm-10:00pm Evelyn Turrentine-Agee

8/26-27 - Otha Turner Memorial Goat Roast
Senatobia/Gravel Springs, Mississippi
Annual family picnic with live blues, soul and rock music. (DIRECTIONS: Get off of I-55 on the Senatobia exit and turn away from town down Highway 4. Go approximately three Miles down that road to Gravel Springs Road (the second road to the right on 4 from Senatobia). Turn right on Gravel Springs Road. Go to the second 4-way stop and turn left (that road is OB McClinton Road) Follow that road about a half mile and the Turner's Picnic is on the right there will be lots of cars & people gathered there. Park along the side of the road. -- Directions courtesy Blues Mother Tupelo.)

SEPTEMBER 2011

Ground Zero Blues Club
Clarksdale, MS
www.groundzerobluesclub.com

Live blues weekly - Wed thru Sat...

9/16 - Grady Champion
9/30 - Cee Cee James

9/17 - Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival
Greenville, Mississippi
www.deltablues.org

Long-time blues and soul event in Greenville, Mississippi... often features local blues favorites like T-Model Ford and John Horton in addition to big-name headliners such as Bobby Rush, etc. More info on web site. Organized by M.A.C.E.

9/24 - annual WING DANG DOODLE FESTIVAL!
Forest, Mississippi
www.forestareachamber.com

The Wing Dang Doodle Festival in Forest, Mississippi, (home of the Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup MS Blues Trail marker) will start at 10am with great live BLUES MUSIC, a chicken wing contest, 5K run/walk/fun run, wing eating contest, motorcycle Blues Trail run, and much much more. Go to web site for more information.

9/27-10/1 - Jon Gindick Blues Harmonica Camp
Clarksdale, MS
www.gindick.com

Returns to the Mississippi Delta!

OCTOBER 2011

Miss. State Blues Trail Marker Dedications
Mississippi
www.msbluestrail.org

- Sat., Oct 1 at TBA - Tommy Cutrer, Osyka, MS

10/6-8 - King Biscuit Blues & Heritage Festival (formerly "AR Blues & Heritage")
Helena, ARKANSAS (just 30 min from Clarksdale, MS)
www.bluesandheritagefest.com

Yep, "the Biscuit is Back!" as they say. It's Helena, AR's biggest blues event of the year -- often featuring plenty of Mississippi-connected blues folks as well... and some national headliners. Consider staying at a hotel in Clarksdale, so you can enjoy the nighttime blues activities at the clubs and jukes. PLUS, don't miss Sunday's Clarksdale events like the Cat Head Mini Blues Fest III.

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art
252 Delta Ave., Clarksdale, MS -- MAP to Cat Head (click)
www.cathead.biz
• 662-624-5992
"Your Delta blues headquarters for CDs, DVDs, T-shirts, books, art and more!"
Fri-Sat, 10/7-8 - special fest week events at the store!
Sun, 10/9 - World-famous Cat Head Mini Blues Fest III in the street near store... 10am till. (Please tip your musicians.)

Reds Lounge
downtown Clarksdale, MS
(Sunflower Ave. & MLK Dr.)

Live blues on weekends, including:
10/6-8 - special Biscuit Fest Week blues events!
10/9 - Annual early evening BLUES JAM

Ground Zero Blues Club
Clarksdale, MS
www.groundzerobluesclub.com

Live blues weekly - Wed thru Sat... PLUS special post-fest Blues Brunch on Sunday, 10/9.
Sat, 10/8 - Super Chikan

Hopson Commissary
Clarksdale, MS
www.hopsonplantation.com

10/9 - PINETOP PERKINS MEMORIAL HOMECOMING in the afternoon!

10/14-15 - Bukka White Blues Festival
Aberdeen, MS
Cedric Burnside, Bernie Pearl, Big Joe Shelton, Super Chikan and more at Blue Bluff Recreation Area along the Tenn-Tom Waterway.

10/16 and 10/23 - MS Delta Regional Blues Challenge, Parts I & II
Indianola, MS
jmwebb@tecinfo.com
www.indianolablues.org
Support Mississippi blues as the MS Delta Regional Blues Challenge works to send some real-deal blues acts to the big IBC in Memphis (early 2012):
Sunday, 10/16 - The Blue Biscuit - SOLO/DUO competition - www.thebluebiscuit.com.
Sunday 10/23 - da' House of Khafre - BAND competition - www.csadeturnipseed.com.

10/29 - Hambone Festival!
Clarksdale, MS
www.stanstreet.com

- Annual HAMBONE FESTIVAL returns out front of the Hambone Gallery on Sat., 10/29 with related events the day before and at GZBC that Sat night.
- ALSO at Hambone Gallery.. Live music (usually blues) every Tuesday, 7pm

NOVEMBER 2011

November - Holly Days events in historic business district
Clarksdale, Mississippi
www.cathead.biz

Kick off the holiday shopping season with special gifts and events in the Land Where Blues Began.

DECEMBER 2011

NEW YEAR'S WEEKEND
in historic Clarksdale, Mississippi!

(stay tuned to this web page)

12/30-1/1 - Ring in the New Year right, and make it an annual tradition to make the New Year's pilgrimage to Clarksdale, Mississippi! Special music and events at venues like Red's Lounge, Ground Zero Blues Club (with SUPER CHIKAN!), Hopson Commissary, Bluesberry Cafe and more! Also, be sure to visit the Delta Blues Museum, Rock & Blues Museum, Hambone Gallery and, of course, CAT HEAD blues store! More info coming later this summer... but book your rooms for NY weekend now.

 

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BLUES AND RELATED VENUES

Venues featuring all or some blues music
in Mississippi...
- CLARKSDALE: Ground Zero Blues Club, Red's Lounge, Club 2000, Hopson Commissary, Juke Joint Chapel at Shackup Inn, The Den, Channel Zilch, Delta Blues Room, Bluesberry Cafe, Delta Amusement Cafe, Messenger's, Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Anniebelle's Lounge.
- CLEVELAND: The Senator's Place (1028 S. Davis, Hwy 61), Pickled Okra (662-843-8510), Airport Grocery (662-843-4817) and Delta State University (www.blueshighway.org).
- NEAR MERIGOLD: Po Monkey's Lounge.
- GREENVILLE: Walnut Street Blues Bar (662-378-2254).
- GREENWOOD: Blue Parrot, Hoover's Grocery and Alluvian Hotel.
- ROSEDALE: Blue Levee Market, (662-759-6333).
- TAYLOR: Taylor Catfish (662-236-6363).
- OXFORD: Proud Larry's,
Rooster's Blues House (114 Courthouse Square), Library (662-234-1411), Red House (662-234-0089) and Two Stick (662-236-6639).
- HOLLY SPRINGS: Club Disco 9000, The Hut
- COMO: Windy City Grill (662-526-0331), Rooster's Blues House, and Como Steakhouse (662-526-9529).
- JACKSON: Queen of Hearts (601-898-2225), Martin's Martin's, Hal & Mal's, Soulshine Pizza Factory, F Jones Corner, 119 Underground, Schimmel's (601-981-7077), Field's Cafe, Shuckers (Ridgeland).
- VICKSBURG: Info at www.vicksburgheritage.com, LD's Kitchen
- LEXINGTON: Kittrell's on the Square (662-834-4194)
- HATTIESBURG: Just 1 More Blues Bar www.myspace.com/just1morebluesbar, The Thirsty Hippo, Brownstones, Walnut Circle.
- OCEAN SPRINGS: The Shed.

JUKE JOINT AND EVENT DIRECTIONS:

- PO MONKEY'S LOUNGE, NEAR MERIGOLD, MS: From Clarksdale, take Hwy 61 South 30 miles to Pemble Road and turn RIGHT. Note that the green Pemble Road street sign is missing, so look for Dollar General on left side of highway and a brown "Blues Trail" sign on right as well as as a "Pemble Farms" sign in field at turn-off. [If you miss the turn off and get to LEFThand "Merigold" exit, you've gone too far. In that case, turn around and take what will then be your SECOND left. Then...]. After making turn onto Pemble Road, take immediate left fork in the road which is gravel. [That's Po Monkey Road, but that sign is also missing!] The juke is approx. 1 1/4 mile down on left. 662-748-2254 or 662-514-7488.

- DO DROP INN JUKE JOINT IN SHELBY, MS: From Clarksdale, take hwy 61 south 25 min or so to Shelby exit. Take exit, and drive to stoplight. Turn right and cross the tracks. Take second left and park across from club.

- OTHA TURNER MEMORIAL PICNIC, SENATOBIA, MS: Get off of I-55 on the Senatobia exit and turn away from town down Highway 4. Go approximately three Miles down that road to Gravel Springs Road (the second road to the right on 4 from Senatobia). Turn right on Gravel Springs Road. Go to the second 4-way stop and turn left (that road is OB McClinton Road) Follow that road about a half mile and the Turner's Picnic is on the right there will be lots of cars & people gathered there. Park along the side of the road. -- Directions courtesy Blues Mother Tupelo.

(Mr. Tater on 'his' bench outside Cat Head, "M for Mississippi" 2008)
“MR. TATER, THE MUSIC MAKER” OF CLARKSDALE -- R.I.P.

Hailed as one of the last Mississippi Delta street musicians and a favorite of visiting tourists from around the world, Foster Wiley a.k.a. "Mr Tater, The Music Maker" passed away in Sept 2010. DONATIONS: Funds are being raised now for a new WALK OF FAME marker honoring Mr. Tater in Clarksdale. Tater's friend Robin Lane is spearheading this effort; his hope is to raise enough funds that a marker can be dedicated during Juke Joint Festival weekend in April. Donations can go to "Tater Superbad/Robin Lane" bank account at Regions in Clarksdale -- www.regions.com - 211 East 2nd Street, Clarksdale, MS 38614- (662) 627-3281.

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